The big story of the day (to some) was NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. Collins became the first active players in one of the major pro sports to do so. As expected, Democrats were elated. Michelle Obama gave him a big shout out. Bill Clinton joined in as well. And least surprising of all, Barack Obama made sure to get a phone call in (and make sure that everyone in the media was aware of it).
Everything was going great until Chris Broussard appeared on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” Broussard is an NBA analyst and routinely appears on ESPN. During a discussion of the big news that Jason Collins had come out as gay, Broussard has this to say:
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality,” Broussard said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.
“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he added.
Uh-oh. Not good. I’m sure that the higher-ups at ESPN nearly fell over when they heard about this.
As expected, #firechrisbroussard is already up and running on Twitter…created, of course, by the “tolerant” ones out there.
This subject is a tough one for me. Gay people don’t bother me. Religious people don’t bother me either. Although there are exceptions, religious people typically are not tolerant of gay people (particularly gay people getting married). But liberals, gay or otherwise, are definitely not tolerant or respectful of religious people. So, I don’t see liberals ever having much of a leg to stand on when it comes to calls for tolerance. If they ever practiced it, it might carry more weight when they demand it.
Tolerance is not simply being for gay people getting married or being pro-choice. It is being tolerant of people with whom you disagree. And I don’t see much of that coming from liberals these days.
I will be surprised if Broussard is not relieved of his duties at ESPN within the next day or so.